When the weather outside is frightful, it’s time to be on high alert because the winter weather puts your beautiful complexion at risk. Wind and cold temperatures tend to irritate your skin and brisk winds, and the lack of humidity in the air can make your skin drier than usual which can result in scaly patches, flaking and an unhealthy appearance. Fortunately, there are several ways to prevent and treat red, tightened, cracked, scaly or flaky skin. Read on to learn about seven cold weather skincare tips that will help you take care of your skin when the temperatures dip:
Wear protective clothing when you go outside.
This is the time to bundle up and wear gloves, mittens, hats and scarves and be sure to cover as much of your face and mouth as much as possible.
Wear a moisturizer.
A thick and rich moisturizer like Desert Essence Coconut Hand and Body Lotion will hydrate your skin and leave it feeling soft and silky.
Use a lip balm to lock in moisture.
A good lip balm like Nivea Soothing Care will help boost your lips’ natural defenses against when it’s cold and dry outside.
If your skin is dry and itchy, switch soap brands.
Try a soap that’s formulated for sensitive skin, like Olay Moisture Quench Body Wash.
Take extra special care of your hands.
During cold and flu season, you may find yourself washing your hand and using anti-bacterial products more often than usual. But all of that extra cleansing may cause your hands to become dry and chapped. So, consider replacing your usual brand of soap with a cleanser that’s milder and be sure to moisturize your hands with a powerhouse moisturizer like Avon’s Moisture Therapy Intensive Healing & Repair Hand Cream.
Use steam to soften dry spots on your face.
- First, wash your face with a mild soap.
- Then, boil some water and pour it into a bowl.
- Let the water cool to 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius -hot but not hot enough to scald your skin).
- Pull your hair back and place a towel over your head to create a tent between your head and the bowl.
- Hold your face 12-18 inches over the steam for 5-7 minutes.
- Pat your face dry.
- Apply moisturizer.
If your skin is dry and flaky, use 1% hydrocortisone cream.
You’ll find 1% hydrocortisone cream at your local drugstore and it’s an over-the-counter treatment, so you won’t need a prescription. Once the flakes start to disappear, use a lotion that has glycolic acid, a mild exfoliant, like Aqua Glycolic Face Cream.
(Photo courtesy of Helmut Gevert)